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Homeless?

If you are homeless or feel you cannot continue living at your present address because of difficulties at home, get advice straight away. Living on the streets can be dangerous, there are people that can help you find somewhere safe to stay, look at the…

Islington's youth hubs and adventure playgrounds

Islington's Youth Offer includes a range of facilities and services for young people, including youth hubs, adventure playgrounds, and loads of clubs and groups. We can also help when things get tough and you need a bit of extra support, or need someone to talk to.  Use Google…

Job trends in Islington

In Islington, most employers are small private businesses on a single site There are over 18,000 businesses in Islington. Most of these employ between 1 and 9 people but there are  around 100 businesses and organisations that employ over 250 people. Check out the latest…

Knives, guns and weapons - are you feeling unsafe?

If you are worried about knives, guns or other weapons ... ... this information aims to help you decide what to do and explains the law around weapons, so you can make informed decisions. Worried about violence and weapons? Violent crime is a worry for…

Know the facts about cannabis

The following two films have been created to help explain how the chemical compounds in cannabis affect your brain and the risks of smoking the super-strength form of the drug, skunk. Cannabis is the most commonly used illegal drug in the world, including the UK,…

Learn and succeed

The way to prepare for the future is to get the best grades you can and stay in training and education after Year 11. During the first two or three years at secondary school you will follow the same curriculum or range of subjects as other 11…

Learning disabilities or medical conditions - more information

If you have good up to date information on your disability or medical condition, you will feel well informed and able to make decisions with confidence. There are online health directories that are easy to use. National and local organisations, often charities, also provide specialist advice,…

Legal highs

Legal highs, also known as psychoactive substances, are drugs that produce the same or similar effects as illegal drugs but are not banned by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, to get around the law they are often sold under the name of a different product, such…

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex or Asexual (LGBTQIA), gender-fluid, non-binary, nongender, third gender?

Not sure about your sexuality? Questioning your gender? If you have been struggling with your identity and need support to work out who you are there are organisations that offer help and advice. You may feel alone but you're not, there are other young people…

Looking for education and training opportunities?

If you're leaving school and moving on you will need to have a plan for what you want to do next. It may feel a bit scary but you will get help to make decisions from a careers adviser, your teachers, people who know you, your parents and…

Money and financial advice

Go to the Money Advice Service for free online information and advice to help you manage your money. This website covers all aspects of personal finance such as how to open a bank account.  You can: speak to an adviser on 0800 138 7777 use web…

Need advice on a drug, alcohol, gambling or other addiction in your family?

here are local organisations that can help such as: Islington Young People's Drug and Alcohol Service (IYPDAS) There are also other helplines and websites which can offer advice and support: Frank confidential online information and help Adfam for families affected by drugs and alcohol Al-Anonn supports young people affected by…

Need more information and advice about how to have safer sex and contraception?

There are local services ready to help you. They give young people confidential advice and support. Pulse offers confidential advice on all sexual issues including contraception. Pulse also offers pregnancy testing. You can use this service if you are under 25. Lift has a sexual health drop-in. You can…

Need more information or advice about STIs or safe sex?

Checkurself has information about chlamydia, including testing and treatment. You could have chlamydia without knowing. If you live in London and are between 16 and 24 years old, you can get tested for chlamydia by ordering a test kit. If you need treatment chlamydia is easy to…

Our priorities for 2020-2022

Priorities for the Islington Youth Council (IYC) over the next two years are: Keeping safe: We will work with council leaders and council officers to review Islington’s Youth Safety Plan, 'Working Together for a Safer Islington' and support the development and implementation of a new…

Relationships and safer sex

Sex and relationships can be complicated Not finding it easy to get along with people, including your family? You can contact: Pulse offers a range of sexual health advice and other services to support young people. Lift and Platform hold regular Pulse clinics, works closely with Brook…

Rights and responsibilities

Everyone has the right to be treated fairly and be protected from harm You should also respect the rights of others. The UK has additional laws that protect your rights, such as: equality laws to protect you from discrimination laws that protect you at work rights when…

Safer school policing

What is Safer School Policing? Currently a named police officer is provided for the 12 secondary schools in the borough and one police officer is provided for colleges, in addition there are four police officers for universities and four dedicated police officers covering 46 primary schools.This arrangement has…

Smoking? Need help to stop?

If you want to give up smoking and are finding it hard, there are local services that can help. Breathe - the 'stop smoking service', is a free service available in many locations across Islington. You can contact the service on T: 020 3633 2609. NHS Choices has…

Staying safe

Have fun and stay safe. Enjoying yourself is part of being young but you need to think about your safety too. CitySafe Havens, are places to go if you find yourself in a difficult situation. Your safety Find out about how to be safe while still…